Dr. Nicole Freels,
Dr. Nicole Freels, FACFAOM, C.Ped. is a Kentucky native and University of Kentucky alumnus. The granddaughter of Dr. Arthur O. Kelly, a Podiatrist in Portsmouth, Ohio, Dr. Freels grew up on a horse farm in South Portsmouth, Kentucky.
She spent much of her time shadowing her grandfather and learning the building blocks of podiatry.
I recently treated a nurse for chronic heel pain. She became noticeably happier and more vibrant on her follow up visits because she was healing. Now she’s going to pay it forward and be more effective at HER position healing others because she’s not being held back by the pain anymore. I love that! Let’s face it – when your feet hurt, everything suffers.
Dr. Nicole Freels has a special interest in exhausting all conservative treatments before considering surgical corrections.
Because many lower extremity problems stem from underlying biomechanical issues, Dr. Freels specializes in treating these issues through detailed biomechanical and gait analysis (when indicated) during your visit in hopes to prevent surgery.
She takes into account your personal needs, lifestyle, age, occupation and limitations when she designs a comprehensive treatment plan for you.
Board Certified Fellow, American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (2014)
Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine (2013)
Board Qualified in Foot Surgery (2008)
State of Kentucky Licensure (2008)
DPM: Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Cleveland, OH (2005)
ABC Certified Pedorthist (C.Ped.)
American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery
iRemedy – Medical Advisory Board Member
Institute for Podiatric Excellence and Development – Board Member
American College of Sports Medicine – Member
American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics – Member
Bartold Biomechanics – Member
Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association – Member
American Association for Women Podiatrists – Member
American Diabetes Association – Member
American Society of Podiatric Dermatology – Member
American Association Podiatric Practice Management – Fellow
Dr. Freels has been featured in several podiatry journals and contributed to multiple magazine articles as a leading expert in foot and ankle issues. She is also a frequent columnist for KYForward and Health 360, allowing her to share tips and advice with Kentuckians state-wide. Her passion for foot health education has led her to become a community and nationally recognized resource for the latest in advanced podiatry technology and treatments.
Chairman, Heart & Sole Blood Drive
Member, The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall
Lifetime Member, University of Kentucky Alumni Association
Member, Lexington Celtic Association
Member, Bluegrass Parrothead Club
Member, Bluegrass Irish Society
Dr. Freels frequently donates to various charities that she feels a strong connection to, such as the Lexington Humane Society and the Live Like Ron Foundation.
She also works extensively to educate the local community about common foot problems through free foot screenings and educational seminars at area business, clubs, medical groups, schools, churches and charities.
In particular, working with youth through school screenings has been rewarding for Dr. Freels. She loves to be able to help kids and parents see an improvement that they didn’t know was possible through the free screening programs.
She works in conjunction with school nurses, administration, coaches and gym teachers to help identify children or teens that have foot issues, often inherited and un-diagnosed, which ends up having a big payoff for their future. Kids don’t always have pain in their feet while they are young, but the screenings help to identify which children are more likely to inherit their parent’s foot shape (and the pain associated with that).
Dr. Freels also collaborates with several running groups in the community and is an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast. She enjoys finding ways to keep the active community ACTIVE.
Residency: James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center Foot & Leg Healthcare PMS: July 2005-June 2008
Professional: Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio Date of Graduation: May 2005
Undergraduate: University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky Degree: Bachelor of Science, Biology Date of Graduation: May 2000
High School: Lewis County High School, Vanceburg, Kentucky Date of Graduation: May 1995